Alpha, Queensland

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Alpha
Queensland
Alpha QLD.JPG
The main street of Alpha
Alpha is located in Queensland
Alpha
Population:402[1] 
Postcode:4724
Location:
LGA:Barcaldine Region
State electorate:Gregory
Federal Division:Flynn
 
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Alpha
Queensland
Alpha QLD.JPG
The main street of Alpha
Alpha is located in Queensland
Alpha
Population:402[1] 
Postcode:4724
Location:
LGA:Barcaldine Region
State electorate:Gregory
Federal Division:Flynn

The township of Alpha is located in Central West Queensland, Australia. The Capricorn Highway passes through the town, which lies on Alpha Creek. At the 2006 census, Alpha had a population of 402.[1]

Alpha was initially established as a temporary terminus during construction of the Great Northern Railway. The railway, which was being built westwards from Rockhampton, was opened to Alpha on 22 September 1884. The construction camp continued moving west, but a township remained at the former terminus. Until the late 1990s, Queensland Rail maintained a locomotive depot in the town.[citation needed]

The town remains a service centre for the surrounding pastoral properties and travellers on the highway.

Mining

On 29 May 2012 the first mine proposed to be developed in the Galilee Basin, known as the Alpha Coal Project, was approved by the Government of Queensland.[2] Wharatah Coal is planning on building a new mine close to the town called the China First Coal Project.[3] This mine is to be built on the Bimblebox nature refuge which is home to the endangered Black-throated Finch.[4]

Another two mines are planned. The mining expansion is expected to place a significant strain on local infrastructure. A lack of available land as well as a sewerage, water and power systems which are close to capacity are the primary concerns.[5]

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Coordinates: 23°39′S 146°38′E / 23.65°S 146.633°E / -23.65; 146.633